Linzer Cookie Bars

We are in full cookie baking mode over here, and every cookie platter needs a good cookie bar.  Linzer cookies are some of our favorite holiday cookies, and we’ve made them even better (and easier) by turning them into bars.  And did you know we test out most of our baking recipes to provide substitution instructions for whole grain baking as well as gluten free?  Because we think everyone should have cookies in their lives.

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Meyer Lemon Bars with Pistachio Ginger Crust

Meyer lemon season is coming to an end soon, so let’s take advantage and squeeze out every bit of fragrant lemony-ness we can.  Pistachios and ginger pair extremely well with lemon, and are the prominent flavors in the buttery crust of these bars.  The filling uses both the juice and zest to get the most Meyer lemon flavor.  A simple glaze of confectioners’ sugar and more Meyer lemon juice tops it all off, along with a dusting of chopped pistachios to give it a salty crunchy balance.  And don’t worry.  We’ve got gluten free and whole wheat variations covered.  So go ahead, raise a glass (or lemon bar) to another citrus season.

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Banana Cheesecake with Gooey Peanut Crust

 

If I had to pick one food to represent my childhood summer experience, it would have to be Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.  I remember one summer spent riding my bicycle to a friend’s house, playing in his creek and eating peanut butter sandwiches just about every single day!  If we found ourselves at my Grandmother’s house, another ingredient would be added to this simple fare…..mayonnaise.  Please tell me I am not the only one who has consumed a peanut butter, banana and mayonnaise sandwich?!  My Grandma would say that the mayo helped to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth though I didn’t mind the stickiness and would have preferred to go without the mayo. Ugh!  Don’t worry, there is no mayonnaise in today’s recipe.  With that said, I set out this summer to recreate the flavors of my childhood by creating a cool, creamy, simple cheesecake recipe.

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